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Disability

Report

Co-designing a peer support platform for people with low vision and blindness

This report evaluates the design and development of a prototype Peer Support Platform that aimed to address the information, linkages and capacity (ILC) building needs of people with low vision and blindness.
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Designed to improve policies and practices to enable people with a disability across Australia to participate fully in society, the Disability Research Collection contains resources by, and is for, policy-makers, researchers, advocacy organisations, disabled people’s organisations, service providers and practitioners as well as people with...
Journal article

Culturally competent communication in Indigenous disability assessment: a qualitative study

This article aims to identify key elements of culturally competent communication in Indigenous disability assessment and planning, and provide recommendations for strengthening capacity in this area.
Discussion paper

The state of play in human service mapping services accessed by people with a disability

This paper was commissioned to better understand how service mapping can support decision-making related to human services but focussed on services accessed by people with disability.
Report

Disability support workers: COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and communication needs

Between March and April 2021, researchers from the University of Melbourne and UNSW Canberra conducted an online survey of over 350 disability support workers (DSWs) about their opinions and needs surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. This report outlines the survey findings.
Report

Adaptable housing for people with disability in Australia: a scoping study

This scoping study focuses on the existing housing stock available to the 4.4 million Australians with disability who live in the community in houses, duplexes, apartments, townhouses and units that they own or rent. Many of these people have a disability with particular needs that...
Discussion paper

Our health and disability system

This paper summarises the New Zealand Government’s plan to strengthen the health system to ensure every New Zealander can access the right care at the right time.
Report

Incorporating minimum accessibility standards in new housing: a survey of access consultants and architects

This study seeks the expert opinions of access consultants and architects on how expensive and complicated it would be for builders to incorporate specific accessible features into all new homes.
Journal article

Disability housing: what does good look like?

This article explores why the disability sector needs an aligned approach to measurement, how the Disability Housing Outcomes Framework was developed, and how it will be piloted while ensuring that data collected is meaningful, practical, and will guide better decision making.
Report

Decision time

This resource details a policy contribution relating to a number of matters that could enable Australia to better recognise and enliven the rights of people who need support with making decisions.